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Store Employee's Act Of Kindness Goes Viral (Photo)

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A grocery store employee's act of kindness toward an elderly shopper went viral after a woman who witnessed it shared the moment on Facebook.

Leah Baker was walking into an Ingles in North Carolina when she saw a teenage employee take an elderly man by the hand and guide him into the store. She used her phone to take a photo, which she then uploaded to Facebook.

"I immediately posted about it and said, 'This made my day. This is the way we all need to be,'" Baker told WLOS.

Baker was taken aback by the teen's generous behavior.

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"And I'm like, 'I have to take a picture of this,'" she said. "Because this is the sweetest thing I have ever seen, and I have to share this with someone."

The image quickly racked up hundreds of likes.

"We're up to about 540 [likes] which isn't bad," she said on Jan. 5.

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Baker also posted the image to the Ingles Markets Facebook page, where it received over 170 likes.

"This young man made my day," she wrote underneath the picture. "I let him know and Mike, the store manager. I love my local Ingles and I am there every day. This is what it's all about."

Baker said she became emotional when she went to talk to the store manager.

"I started getting choked up, and I said, 'This young man just made my day,'" she explained. "He looked at me and he said, 'Yeah, that's Michael.' And I said, 'Would you please let Michael know that for him it's an act of kindness, but people notice and it means something.'"

As she drove into the Ingles parking lot that day, Baker was anxious and impatient about finding a space to park. She said that seeing Michael's selfless act allowed her to put things into perspective.

"It's not about you. It's about everyone else," she said. "And to see this young man, especially a young man, show respect kind of motivates us all to be a little bit more like Michael."

This isn't the first time someone was moved by an Ingles employee's kindness toward the elderly. In 2016, a man snapped a remarkably similar picture -- showing a young employee walking an elderly woman across the parking lot at an Ingles in South Carolina. Like Baker, he later posted the image to social media.

"It touched my life as well as I hope touches all of your lives," the man wrote on Facebook, according to KPRC. "I personally haven't seen anything like this in years and thought everyone should see/feel this moment as well. This is how America should be! And hopefully this is the America of tomorrow!"

Sources: WLOS, Ingles Markets/Facebook, KPRC / Photo credit: Mike Kalasnik/Flickr

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